A Surprise From Yo-Yo Ma

YO-YO-MA IS GIVING A SURPRISE CONCERT AT İŞ SANAT ON THURSDAY, MARCH THE 10TH. ACCOMPANYING HIM WILL BE THE ENGAGING ENGLISH PIANIST KATHRYN STOTT.

A refined technique is one of the hallmarks of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has crammed 15 Grammy awards and over 75 albums into his career. Ma, who plays all the known as well as the newest works of the cello repertoire while simultaneously going beyond the Western classical tradition, is continuously in search of different cultures and musical forms. Striving in various ways to activate the human imagination, the artist is constantly experimenting with new techniques.

Accompanying Ma in his surprise Istanbul concert is the engaging English pianist Kathryn Stott, with whom he frequently plays chamber music. Stott, who worked together with Ma on the Grammy-winning Soul of the Tango and Obrigado Brazil projects, is in high demand as an accompanist due to her extraordinary repertoire.

FIRST CONCERT AT AGE FIVE
Born to a Chinese family in Paris, Yo-Yo Ma gave his first concert at the age of five. Emigrating to the U.S. with his family at the age of seven, he continued his musical training at the famous Juilliard School and graduated from Harvard University in 1976. One member of the audience at Ma’s first concert at age seven was the then U.S. President, John F. Kennedy.

The violoncello (or cello), the first examples of which appeared in France in the 16th century, is a stringed instrument that resem-bles a curvaceous woman’s body. The version known as the ‘viola da gamba’ is unfretted . The violin, viola and double bass (or contrabass) are from the same family. The body of the instrument has two F-holes on the front, so called because they resemble the cur-sive letter ‘f’. (www.wikipedia.com)

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’DEN SALTIMBANCOSALTIMBANCO FROM CIRQUE DU SOLEILCIRQUE DU SOLEIL IS AT ABDİ İPEKÇİ ARENA STARTING FROM FEBRUARY 19 WITH SALTIMBANCO, ONE OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING TOURING SHOWS IN THE WORLD. THE SHOWS RUN THROUGH MARCH 4th.

With 50 artists from 20 different countries, Saltimbanco presents breathtaking gymnastic feats of incredibly difficulty.  The show, which features mind-boggling jumping, balancing and somersaulting acts as well as gravity-defying bungee and trapeze acts, not to mention those perennial audience favorites, juggling and acrobatics, also combines lavish costumes with humor and music. And you still have a chance to see it.

The word ‘saltimbanco’ comes from the Italian ‘saltare in banco’, which means to jump on a bench. The show, which employs a total of fifty gymnasts, premiered under the big top in Montreal on April 23, 1992, and has played in 75 cities in the intervening 14 years. Saltimbanco’s stage design was readapted for indoor arenas in 2007, making it possible for the show to visit many more countries around the world.

A 5000-MEMBER TEAM
Made up of twenty street artists in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a Québec-based performing arts ensemble that combines art and entertainment. The company employs some 5,000 people, including more than 200 artists, from 50 different countries.
The touring show’s equipment and costumes weigh.
The costumes consist of 2,500 separate articles.
These materials are packed in 50 special suitcases.